"Public smears have been around for centuries. But they are far more
effective in the internet age, gliding across platforms that are loath
to crack down, said Peter W. Singer, co-author of “LikeWar: The
Weaponization of Social Media.”
The solution, he said, was to identify “super-spreaders” of slander, the
people and the websites that wage the most vicious false attacks.
“The way to make the internet a less toxic place is setting limits on
super-spreaders or even knocking them offline,” Mr. Singer said.
“Instead of policing everyone, we should police those who affect the
The Babcock family had been targeted by a super-spreader, dragged into
an internet cesspool where people’s reputations are held for ransom."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics